Final Event Before the 2022 Masters, The Valero Texas Open – Draws Strong Field

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With The Masters fast approaching, on Thursday, April 7. The last warm-up for the tour players ensues at the TPC San Antonio for the 100th anniversary of the club and the Valero Texas Open. Let’s take a look at the top picks and odds.

Scottie Scheffler – #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will be in attendance. Last week, he got a victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament over Kevin Kisner, completing his third PGA Tour win since February.

Rory McIlroy – #9, hasn’t played this event since 2013 when he finished as runner-up. The top-ranked player to play in TPC San Antonio will be the sportsbook’s favorite to win, with odds of +750.


Favorites To Win The Valero Texas Open

Odds correct at the time of publication and provided by Bovada
Player Odds
Rory McIlroy +750
Jordan Spieth +1400
Hideki Matsuyama +1400
Corey Conners +1800
Abraham Ancer +2200
Chris Kirk +2500
Si Woo Kim +2800
Bryson DeChambeau +2800
Gary Woodland +3000
Maverick McNealy +3500

How To Watch The Valero Texas Open

You can tune into this year’s event via the Golf Channel for the full tournament, including qualifying days. NBC will show the tournament’s third and final rounds on the Weekend after the cut.

Thursday, March 31, Watch Round 1, Valero Texas Open.
Golf Channel 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CT

Friday, April 1, Watch Round 2, Valero Texas Open.
Golf Channel 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CT

Saturday, April 2, Watch Round 3, Valero Texas Open.
Golf Channel 12:00 – 2:30 p.m CT. NBC 2:30 – 5:00 p.m CT

Sunday, April 3, Watch Final Round, Valero Texas Open.
Golf Channel Golf Channel 12:00 – 1:00 p.m CT. NBC 1:00 – 5:00 p.m CT


TPC San Antonio Course

The course was designed by Sergio Garcia and PGA Hall of Famer, Greg Norman. The course is 71-par and plays to a length of 7,494 yards. TPC San Antonio has hosted this tournament as a PGA event since 2010, with winning scores getting as low as 20-under par.

There are two short par 4s that are below 400 yards, five par 4s that range from 400-450 yards, and four longer holes that range up to 500 yards. There are four par 5s in all, two of which exceed 600 yards. When it comes to par 3s, the shortest is 183 yards, but the other three all exceed 200 yards.

The course consists of tight fairways, so a straight drive is nearly always crucial to not dropping points. The course lacks any real change in elevation and the greens are particularly firm – making them unforgiving for even the highest quality approach shots.


Players To Look Out For

During the last decade of this tournament, five of the eventual winners entered with odds of +8000 or greater. The unique challenges of this course migrate any edge a longer hitter off the tee might have. The winner needs to be a player that finds the key to unlocking the challenging approaches of this tough course.

Chris Kirk +4000

Kirk missed might have missed the cut at the Players Championship recently, but before that, he tied up a fifth place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and placed seventh at the Honda Classic.

These results are just part of the reason he is on our radar. During these stops his iron and short-game play was fantastic – averaging 0.44 SG: around-the-green and 1.28 SG: tee-to-green per round.

The 36-year-old is looking for his first Masters invite since 2016 when he missed the cut. We think he might just have what it takes to clutch out a spot with a win in Texas.

Charley Hoffman +7500 / +1400 to place top 5

Hoffman has had some impeccable finishes in this tournament in previous years. He has lots of experience with the course and made the cut three out of four times in his last appearances.

The 45-year-old won this event in 2016 and outside of tournaments in 2017 and 2018, he has finished 13th or better every single time he has played this event. He has come close a couple of other times too, finishing third or better on five separate occasions in recent times.

Whilst he might not win this event this year, he has proven he has what it takes to be in contention, so bets on him to be amongst the top players is a no-brainer.

Ryan Palmer +5000 / +750 to place top 5

Palmer has had plenty of success on this course, he has four top-ten finishes in the tournament and six top twenty finishes from eleven starts.

At the TPC San Antonio last year, the Texas native placed 17th, but with some recent poor form, some sportsbooks have him listed at great value prices to win or place highly.


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Will James
Writer

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